Culture Crush: Four Live (and One Virtual) Events This Week

Live Art Reception

North Bay photography lovers and collectors are about to get a new space to view and purchase both classic and contemporary photos in Marin County this month when the Collectors’ Photography Gallery celebrates its grand opening. The 2,500-square-foot space in Corte Madera Town Center welcomes the public to view works by featured contemporary photographers Jane Olin, Wilton Wong, Bob Kolbrener and Anna Rotty. In addition, the gallery displays historic photos from several top photographers that were originally part of a private collection. Collectors’ Photography Gallery opens on Thursday, June 17, at 105 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 3–6pm. Collectorsphotographygallery.com.

Live Event

After closing its doors more than a year ago due to the pandemic, the Napa Valley Museum welcomes in-person visitors when it reopens all galleries to the public this week. In the main gallery, the museum will resume its U.S. premiere exhibition, “Lucy Liu: One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others,” which opened a month before the pandemic hit the North Bay. The museum will also exhibit “The Yates Collection,” currently on long-term loan to the Museum, and a new permanent exhibition, “Land and People of the Napa Valley” beginning Friday, June 18, at 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Fridays–Sundays, 11am to 4 pm. Napavalleymusuem.org.

Virtual Reading

Scotland-born journalist and author Cal Flyn has an affinity for places that many people find eerie and desolate; those places that were abandoned by humans due to war, disaster, disease, or economic decay. Each time that Flyn visits these locations, she finds an “island” of teeming natural life that fills the cracks and the voids in concrete and metal with flora and fauna faster and more thoroughly than even the most hopeful projections of scientists. Flyn captures these places in her new book, Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape, and she reads from the book in a virtual event hosted by Point Reyes Books on Friday, June 18, at noon. Ptreyesbooks.com.

Live Concert

After spending the last year online, Healdsburg Jazz Festival presents four days of in-person shows this week featuring award-winning local and national artists performing musical, spoken word, theatrical and visual art commissions and collaborations. The festival’s centerpiece event is the Healdsburg Jazz Juneteenth Celebration, featuring the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Her Trio performing a specially commissioned Juneteenth performance, as well as several other acclaimed bands, visual artist Malik Seneferu, comedian and emcee Donald Lacy, and poets Tongo Eisen-Martin (2021 San Francisco Poet Laureate) and Enid Pickett (2021 Healdsburg Jazz Poet Laureate) on Saturday, June 19, at 164 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg. Healdsburgjazz.org.

Live Event

A longtime cornerstone of West Sonoma County’s art scene, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts returns to hosting live events and exhibitions this month, and the center welcomes patrons back with a grand reopening party. The event includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music and light refreshments. Additionally, the center’s galleries, classrooms and studios will all be open, and party-goers can see the exhibitions, sign up for classes and check out the center’s new schedule of upcoming events, concerts, exhibitions, lectures, classes, workshops and performances. Join the party on Wednesday, June 23, at 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 5pm. Sebarts.org.

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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